Antithesis Quotes

Antithesis Quotes by Frank Herbert, Frank Caliendo, Malika Andrews, Lord Byron, Glenn Greenwald, William Shakespeare and many others.

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A creature who has spent his life creating one particular representation of his selfdom will die rather than become the antithesis of that representation
Frank Herbert
I’m kind of the antithesis of a comedian. People that don’t like me will agree with that.
Frank Caliendo
I’m a worrier and a perfectionist, and live television is like the antithesis of that, so it’s been an interesting sort of push-pull of what I forgive myself for and what I don’t.
Malika Andrews
What opposite discoveries we have seen! (Signs of true genius, and of empty pockets.) One makes new noses, one a guillotine, One breaks your bones, one sets them in their sockets; But vaccination certainly has been A kind antithesis to Congreve’s rockets.
Lord Byron
The American Right has an amazing ability to lionize leaders whose lives are the precise antithesis of the political values that define their image.
Glenn Greenwald
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
William Shakespeare
Some say we can’t choose who we fall in love with; love chooses us. Sometimes people fall for the complete antithesis of everything they believe they’re looking for.
Alexandra Adornetto
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
Abraham Lincoln
Good and just society is neither the thesis of capitalism nor the antithesis of communism, but a socially conscious democracy which reconciles the truths of individualism and collectivism.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Force is the antithesis of freedom, but force must be used, if only to defend against other force.
Thomas Sowell
A “fraternity” is the antithesis offraternity. The first (that is, the order or organization) is predicated on the idea of exclusion; the second (that is, the abstract thing) is based on a feeling of total equality.
E. B. White
My life has been the antithesis of that book ‘The Secret’. I’ve always been interested in doing what I do. I love storytelling and I really enjoyed acting, but it never seemed like a realistic thing.
Aaron Stanford
This liberal progressive agenda… is the antithesis of who we are as a constitutional republic.
Allen West
Preachers at black churches are the last people left in the English-speaking world who know the schemes and tropes of classical rhetoric: parallelism, antithesis, epistrophe, synecdoche, metonymy, periphrasis, litotes – the whole bag of tricks.
P. J. O’Rourke
Don’t seek happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness. Happiness is ever elusive, but freedom from unhappiness is attainable now, by facing what is rather than making up stories about it.
Eckhart Tolle
It is unmanly. It is not some expression of macho virtue. It is the absolute antithesis of this. Real men don’t bully women and children. Respect for women … is so important.
Malcolm Turnbull
Mind is the antithesis of reflex, and only mind could discover mind
R. Buckminster Fuller
Look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
War is the antithesis of all our teaching. It breaks all the commandments; it makes rich men poor, and strong men weak. It makes well men sick, and by it living men are changed to dead men.
Nellie L. McClung
Since science is essentially objective, involving the study of how things actually are, “materialism” would therefore seem to be its antithesis, since its starting point is the desire to impose upon the natural world a particular and limited way of looking at it.
Melanie Phillips
Nothing guarantees that reasonable people will agree about everything, of course, but the unreasonable are certain to be divided by their dogmas. It is time we recognized that this spirit of mutual inquiry, which is the foundation of all real science, is the very antithesis of religious faith.
Sam Harris
Authority. The antithesis of science.
Stephen Baxter
I love Lana Del Rey! It’s weird because I read something that said, “Oh, Willis Earl Beal and Lana Del Rey are the antithesis of each other.” When in fact, she was what I wanted to sound like.
Willis Earl Beal
Every good writer I know needs to go into some deep, quiet place to do work that is fully imagined. And what the Internet brings is lots of vulgar data. It is the antithesis of the imagination. It leaves nothing to the imagination.
Jonathan Franzen
Madurai is a city with a long political history. It was at the centre of the anti-Brahmin movement, the anti-Hindi movement, the Dravidian movement, and was a pro-LTTE city. Yet, this city has elected me, the very antithesis of all these movements.
Subramanian Swamy
I think trying to be hot is the antithesis of trying to be funny. If you’re aware of what you look like, or you’re trying to… you can’t be truly funny.
Natasia Demetriou
Once it has been perceived that the division of labour is the essence of society, nothing remains of the antithesis between individual and society. The contradiction between individual principle and social principle disappears.
Ludwig von Mises
I am not a hoarder, but my wardrobe is the antithesis of fast fashion. I buy clothes – beautiful in looks and make – to last. I originally stored away things like Ossie Clark because I could not bear to part with such treasures.
Suzy Menkes
[B]riefing is not reading. In fact it is the antithesis of reading. Briefing is terse, factual and to the point. Reading is untidy, discursive and perpetually inviting. Briefing closes down a subject, reading opens it up.
Alan Bennett
Inspiration may be a form of super-consciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness I wouldn’t know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.
Aaron Copland
I am an artist no matter what I do. I live for creativity. I think everyone should. It is the antithesis of being destructive.
Billy Dee Williams
The History of the world is not the theatre of happiness. Periods of happiness are blank pages in it, for they are periods of harmony–periods when the antithesis is in abeyance.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
I believe in civility, inclusion and diversity. I believe that everybody can contribute. I don’t believe in labelling and stereotypes. These things are the antithesis of what I believe in and go against everything I love in America. And I do love America.
Mellody Hobson
Readers are less and less seen as mere non-writers, the subhuman “other” or flawed derivative of the author; the lack of a pen is no longer a shameful mark of secondary status but a positively enabling space, just as within every writer can be seen to lurk, as a repressed but contaminating antithesis, a reader.
Terry Eagleton
Christie led the way – with a bulldozer. The governor is blunt, brash, and self-consciously authentic, the antithesis to what turns off today’s voters: flip-flopping politicians who speak in poll-tested platitudes. Yes, he’s the anti-Romney.
Ron Fournier
Antithesis is the narrow gateway through which error most prefers to worm its way towards truth.
Friedrich Nietzsche
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Socialism is the antithesis of opportunity and it’s time to reject this failed and dangerous idea once and for all.
Rachel Campos-Duffy
The antithesis between a technical and a liberal education is fallacious. There can be no adequate technical education which is not liberal, and no liberal education which is not technical.
Alfred North Whitehead
Patience is the direct antithesis of anger.
Allan Lokos
As I see it, my focus has never been on masculine power rampant and triumphant but rather on the antithesis: masculine power impaired.
Philip Roth
I think that this liberal progressive agenda is not the thing that the American people want and it’s antithesis to who we are as a constitutional republic.
Allen West
Poetry is not the proper antithesis to prose, but to science. Poetry is opposed to science, and prose to meter. The proper and immediate object of science is the acquirement, or communication of truth; the proper and immediate object of poetry is the communication of immediate pleasure.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness – I wouldn’t know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.
Aaron Copland
The madness of depression is, generally speaking, the antithesis of violence. It is a storm indeed, but a storm of murk. Soon evident are the slowed-down responses, near paralysis, psychic energy throttled back close to zero. Ultimately, the body is affected and feels sapped, drained.
William Styron
I am so stupid that I cannot understand philosophy; the antithesis of this is that philosophy is so clever that it cannot comprehend my stupidity. These antitheses are mediated in a higher unity; in our common stupidity.
Soren Kierkegaard
No school of philosophy has ever solved this question of whether being determines consciousness or the other way around. It may be a false antithesis.
Christopher Hitchens
I enjoy things that are so far away from me; that’s why, when I play things that are a little bit closer to me, I get really bored. When it’s something that’s the antithesis of what I am, there’s much more to lose yourself in.
David Thewlis
The whole ‘American Idol’ way of looking at things is the antithesis of what I grew up with. There are a whole lot of kids wanting to be famous now, whereas if I’d even mentioned that word to one of my teachers, I would have got into a whole load of trouble.
Harry Connick, Jr.
Myra Breckenridge is the antithesis of sex symbol. Shes revolutionary; shes a warrior.
Raquel Welch
Pelosi abuses her power in ways that once were unthinkable. Her speakership has been the antithesis of Lincoln’s entreaty to ‘the better angels of our nature.’ Everyone in Congress – and, by extension, the nation – has been sullied by the spite and vitriol she has injected into the political sphere.
Miranda Devine
Don’t Seek Happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness
Eckhart Tolle
There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God, and counterclaimed by Satan.
C. S. Lewis
I always thought the desert was the antithesis of peace – something that attacks you. So you don’t go to the desert for peace.
Sam Shepard
Having plenty of living space has to be the greatest luxury in a city, and I guess in some sense Bombay is the antithesis of what living in Canada must be.
Aravind Adiga
I come from a Catholic Republican military family in Georgia – the antithesis of Sean’s hippie-artist-peacenik background.
Kemp Muhl
Now a great debate has been born. The thesis is Democratic Socialism. The antithesis is free-market capitalism. The Obama Democrats have posed the challenge. It is now up to the Republicans to pick it up and fight along these lines.
Dick Morris
The hoax is the very absence of truth, which usually means art is absent, too – hoaxes regularly substitute claims of reality for imagination, facts for form, acting as if artifice is the antithesis of art.
Kevin Young
Loft living is the antithesis of suburban domesticity, if only because the open spaces don’t easily accommodate family life. Lofts also offer residents the opportunity – and responsibility – to structure their own space to reflect what’s important to them.
Virginia Postrel
You can’t define yourself either in shades of what you are contesting or entirely in antithesis to it. By doing so, what you reveal is that you have nothing to say for yourself. Or that you are unsure of your messaging.
Barkha Dutt
Whatever is fine and permanent in human achievement has been realised through individuals courageously facing the circumstances of their being; and a society is civilised to the extent to which it makes this possible. Terrorism, which aims at putting out thespiritual light, is the antithesis of civilisation.
Malcolm Muggeridge
Slander, in the strict meaning of the term, comes under the head of lying; but it is a kind of lying which, like its antithesis flattery, ought to be set apart for special censure.
Washington Gladden
I think being a wealthy member of the establishment is the antithesis of cool. Being a countercultural revolutionary is cool. So to the extent that you’ve made a billion dollars, you’ve probably become uncool.
Sean Parker
Say she rail; why, I’ll tell her plain She sings as sweetly as a nightingale. Say that she frown; I’ll say she looks as clear As morning roses newly wash’d with dew. Say she be mute and will not speak a word; Then I’ll commend her volubility, and say she uttereth piercing eloquence.
William Shakespeare
In science , all conclusions are provisional, subject to new evidence and better arguments, the very antithesis of religious faith.
Michael Shermer
I was a big fan of John Cassavetes, his wife, Gena Rowlands, and that era of filmmaking which was about realism and which represented the antithesis of the dreamy escapism you found in musicals.
Carmen Ejogo
The reality is that we’re in very politicized times. The complete antithesis of Obama is Trump. We are in very polarized times. People are taking a very strong view after a period of time, I think, where people fell asleep on politics to a certain extent.
Amma Asante
War is not just the business of death, it is the antitheses of life.
Joss Whedon
Art is the social antithesis of society, not directly deducible from it.
Theodor Adorno
I think, for me, winning opens doors to all types of shapes and sizes and genres to come on the show and kill it. I’m probably the antithesis of what American Idols have been.
Caleb Johnson
If awkward has an antithesis, it is probably Barack Obama.
Alexandra Petri
Faith is the wors curse of mankind, as the exact antithesis and enemy of thought.
Ayn Rand
I am anti-Bush. A lot of what he stands for is the antithesis of what I stand for.
Jonathan Shapiro
I was supposed to be the antithesis of Frank.
Douglas Wilson
Having a kid who begged for ‘just a few more minutes’ of television was the antithesis of what I had hoped parenthood would be. It was resigning ourselves to a universe of want and consumption.
Kim Brooks
In brief, egoism in its modern interpretation, is the antithesis, not of altruism, but of idealism.
John Buchanan Robinson
There is a natural disposition with us to judge an author’s personal character by the character of his works. We find it difficult to understand the common antithesis of a good writer and a bad man.
Edwin Percy Whipple
Certain things are complete superstition and have no validity at all in the Bible. Yeah. They’re just the antithesis of everything that is correct intellectually.
Lenny Bruce
Lego for many parents is the antithesis of the high tech world. We are desperate to wean our little ones away from the tablets and into the bricks.
Ben Fogle
A moral monopoly is the antithesis of a marketplace of ideas.
Thomas Sowell
Everything contains its antithesis.
Juliet Stevenson
Being the everyman in the writing room helps a lot: you have to be a real collaborator and selfless, and not have ego when you walk in there. That’s the antithesis of the artist mentality.
Maren Morris
The farther a society progresses, the more clearly the individual becomes the antithesis of the group.
Herbert Read
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.
Charles Dickens
This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
Neil Armstrong
Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.
William Shakespeare
Books, we are told, propose to instruct or to amuse. Indeed! A true antithesis to knowledge, in this case, is not pleasure, but power. All that is literature seeks to communicate power; all that is not literature, to communicate knowledge.
Thomas de Quincey
I strongly supported the war against Houthi rebels because I saw them as the antithesis of the Arab Spring that my government, unlike me, fiercely opposed.
Jamal Khashoggi
I hope I am the antithesis of disposable fashion.
Jason Wu
Well, the first thing is that truth and power for me form an antithesis, an antagonism, which will hardly ever be resolved. I can define in fact, can simplify the history of human society, the evolution of human society, as a contest between power and freedom.
Wole Soyinka
Like ‘real’, ‘free’ is only used to rule out the suggestion of some or all of its recognized antitheses. As ‘truth’ is not a name of a characteristic of assertions, so ‘freedom’ is not a name for a characteristic of actions, but the name of a dimension in which actions are assessed.
J. L. Austin
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Communism–the first expression of the social nature–is the first term of social development–the thesis; property, the reverse of communism, is the second term–the antithesis. When we have discovered the third term, the synthesis, we shall have the required solution.
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
For many Americans, Trump is the antithesis of the leftist elite.
Trish Regan
Los Angeles gets a very bad rap, the perception, especially by us Brits, is ‘Oh, it’s so fake,’ but it’s the antithesis!
Ioan Gruffudd
Having to censor yourself – whether it’s lying at the water cooler about how you spent your weekend, scrubbing your Facebook page of any revealing facts, or pretending to be with someone you aren’t – is the antithesis of our foundation as a nation based on freedom of expression and association.
Jared Polis
Without making any moral judgements whatsoever, one can say that self-indulgence and excessive self-preoccupation are the antithesis of genuine awareness.
Ronald Rolheiser